THE TESTIMONY OF ANTOINETTE MULLEN
(As published in the Teach Mhuire Newsletter, March 2010)
In 2003, Antoinette Mullen, married to Tom and with two young children Karl and Jane was out walking with a neighbour when her peripheral eyesight suddenly disappeared and her general eyesight became very distorted. After about an hour her eyesight returned but she was left with an excruciating pain in her head. Antoinette was admitted to hospital for investigations. Doctors confirmed that her sudden illness was migraine related. From then on she suffered badly from these debilitating headaches, which meant she had to take to her bed for their duration. The headaches were so extreme that she would have several per week and up to eight some weeks.
The aftermath of her headaches left her very disorientated and Antoinette couldn’t even remember people’s names. “I just couldn’t function”, she said. On one particular occasion, she remembers meeting friends who were asking her about a recent holiday she had been on. She was unable to answer their questions coherently, as she had just suffered from a migraine. Soon after this, her friend Michael Nerney, a member ofTeach Mhuire Praying Community invited her to a prayer meeting, she agreed, and was delighted that members would pray with her for healing.
Soon after this, she attended a consultant who prescribed medication that was successful. Slowly but surely Antoinette’s migraines became fewer and fewer and her requirement for medication became less and less. She had so much hope and trust in God that she would be totally healed through prayer.
August 2005, was the date of Antoinette’s last migraine. She is now very well. Antoinette firmly believes that prayer led her to her consultant and that her cure was due to the answered prayers of the community. “I got such peace it was phenomenal”, commented Antoinette about attending the prayer meetings. God continues to be part of her life and saying her prayers are a part of her daily routine. She says “she couldn’t imagine her life without prayer or without having God to turn to”.
Antoinette describes her relationship with God as being “very simplistic” and she has no doubt that he hears every single word she utters to him. She has always been very committed to the church, having been a Eucharistic minister, a pastoral council and a finance committee member. But she admits to having received so many graces since attending the prayer meetings and particularly since committing herself to the prayer text ministry.
Since 2008, Antoinette has been responsible for the Teach Mhuire prayer text ministry. 28 names were on the original list which has grown to 110, some of whom are as far away as Canada and Medjugorje. Each evening, Antoinette prepares and edits requests for prayers from the prayer text participants and sends out on average three prayer text requests per day. All participants recite the Memorare for the requested intentions. Each prayer text is then recorded on a prayer list by Teach Mhuire member Doris Monaghan and the prayer community continues to pray for the intentions contained on this list daily.
Antoinette, acknowledges the tremendous support received from her family throughout her illness and even now with her responsibility for the prayer texting. Antoinette also thanks the prayer community for their support and all the participants in the text ministry, she says “that this is a real testimony to the their faith and commitment to intercessory prayer”.